How Can I Remove Hair Coloring From a Shower Curtain?

Coloring your hair at home can save money and a trip to the hair salon. But one problem with dyeing your hair at home is that if you're not careful, the hair dye can get everywhere. When the dye gets onto fabric, it can be difficult to get out.

Get It Out Quickly

Always keep a clean dish towel on hand when dyeing your hair. Also, keep a bowl of cold water and a bottle of dish soap nearby. When the dye splatters onto the shower curtain, immediately clean it off. Soak the towel in the water and try to dab up the dye (don't rub it in). Do this several times. If the spot doesn't disappear, add a drop of dish soap to the towel and use that on the dye spot. Hair dye tends to dry quickly on fabric; if it's not cleaned up right away, it will be much harder to get the spot out later. If you don't have a clean towel or water on hand, simply turn the shower on cold and soak the stain with the shower water.

Washing the Stain Away

If the hair dye stain has set into the fabric, the stain needs to be washed out. If it is a white shower curtain, it can be washed in bleach (always checked the side tag to make sure it can be washed in chlorine bleach; if not, use non-chlorine bleach). Pour a capful of the bleach directly onto the stain. Allow the bleach to set into the curtain for 10 minutes. Then put the curtain into the washing machine with another capful of bleach. Wash and dry the curtain as usual.

If the curtain isn't white, do not wash it in bleach. Pour a little white vinegar directly onto the stain and allow it to set into the curtain for 10 minutes. Wash the curtain in the washing machine, adding one cup of vinegar to the wash. Wash and dry the curtain as normal. The stain will be gone when it comes out of the washing machine.

Home Remedies

Pour a little rubbing alcohol onto a cotton ball. Dab the curtain with the alcohol lightly. The stain will disappear. If you don't have any rubbing alcohol on hand, saturate the stained area with hairspray. Once saturated, wash the curtain as normal in the washing machine. Another home remedy is using hydrogen peroxide. Using a white cloth, dab the hair dye stain with the peroxide. The last home remedy is a mix of cream of tartar and lemon juice. Combine the cream of tartar and the lemon juice in a bowl. Apply the mix to the stain and scrub gently with a toothbrush. Wash the curtain as usual in the washing machine.